Ben Mirin is a one-of-a-kind musician, researcher and explorer who creates music from sounds he records in nature. As a wildlife DJ, he travels the world recording and making music that celebrates wildlife in order to inspire and teach more people about the natural world. He is co-creator and host of the show Wild Beats on National Geographic Kids and Nat Geo Wild, the 2016 Artist in Residence at the Bronx Zoo, and a Fellow at The Safina Center. He also volunteers as a bird-watching guide for inner city public schools through the New York Audubon Society. Website: http://benmirin.com
“Remixing Nature: Inspiring Conservation Through Music”
Ben will perform live music made from the sounds of some of the world’s most endangered habitats, including the Great Barrier Reef, the jungles of Borneo, and Madagascar’s lowland rainforests. By using unaltered audio recordings (i.e. no autotune) of booming, bassy orangutans, ethereal melodies of humpback whales, and other iconic species, Ben’s music celebrates and calls attention to wildlife sounds that are at risk of extinction due to climate change, human encroachment, and habitat destruction. During the performance, Ben breaks down what is happening in each of his compositions so that listeners can understand what sounds they are hearing, and appreciate the innate musicality of the natural world.
He also interweaves music with his own stories of recording these animals from within the mix. By making music from their voices, this presentation builds a bridge to nature through performance art, and demonstrates the power of sound as a tool for conservation. Ben is a lifelong birder and beatboxer, and his work represents the fusion of his two greatest passions (music and nature) as well as his full-time job. He hopes listeners will be inspired to explore hidden dimensions of their own creativity in the world of sound, and find strength and meaning in being true to who they really are. From his point of view, that’s how we all win, and how we make the most of sound in the world today. .